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Bombing of U.S. Embassies

Kenya and Tanzania | August 7, 1998

On August 7, 1998, members of the terrorist group al-Qa’ida simultaneously bombed the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information that brings to justice any individual who is responsible for these attacks.

In Nairobi, terrorists driving a truck loaded with explosives detonated a massive bomb near the parking garage of the American embassy, killing 213 individuals, including 44 embassy employees (12 Americans and 32 foreign nationals), and injuring more than 5,000 others, including U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell.

In Dar es Salaam, terrorists driving a truck loaded with explosives tried to ram the gate of the embassy, started shooting at the chancery, and then detonated their explosives. The resulting blast killed 11 people and injured 85.

The bombings caused severe damage to both embassy buildings and destroyed nearby offices and businesses.

The following individuals were tried and convicted in U.S. federal court in connection with the attacks:  
  • Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, a founding member of al-Qa’ida, was arrested in September 1998 in Germany and extradited. He is serving life sentence in federal prison for his connection to the bombings.
  • In October 2001, al-Qa’ida operatives Wadih El-Hage, Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali, and Mohamed Sadeek Odeh were convicted for the planning and execution of the embassy bombings and sentenced to life in prison.
  • In January 2011, al-Qa’ida operative Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was convicted and sentenced to life in a U.S. court for his role in the bombings.  
  • In September 2014, Adel Abdel Bari, a close associate al-Qa’ida leader Zawahiri, pled guilty to conspiring to kill U.S. nationals and received a 25 year sentence in federal court.
  • In May 2015, Khaled al-Fawwaz, deputy to Usama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal court for his connection to the attacks.
The following key suspects were indicted for the bombings by a U.S. federal grand jury:  

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri, current leader of al-Qa’ida
  • Sayf al-Adl, al-Qai’da key leader
  • Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, al-Qai’da key leader
  • Usama bin Laden, former leader of al-Qa’ida (Deceased)
  • Mohammed Atef, former military leader of al-Qa’ida (Deceased)
  • Anas al-Libi, former key leader of al-Qa’ida (Deceased)
The Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $10 million each for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of Sayf al-Adl and Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, and a reward of up to $25 million for information on Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Reward Offers Connected to the U.S. Embassy Bombings

Ayman Zawahiri

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah

Sayf al-Adl

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